Sunday, July 17, 2011

Boudia / McCrory Place Fifth in 10m Synchro #FINA2011 Finals

When I went to bed last night, David Boudia and Nick McCrory were seated 2nd after the 10m Synchro Prelims. I was away from my computer, but @DiversCircle (the diving cousin of @SwimmersCircle) was doing an excellent job with Twitter commentary.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to some disappointing news from About.com Diving: So Close, Boudia & McCrory Finish Fifth. Dang! We just can’t catch a break!

The Swimmers Circle also posted a breakdown of the event, but I thought I’d throw my two cents in with a data-driven perspective.

david boudia nick mccrory synchro 10m score graph

Using data from DiveMeets.com, along with the prelim and final scores, we can see exactly where Boudia and McCrory faltered. If they had done an “average” meet, they would have been good for silver with a 456.46. However, this graph comes with a silver lining, because the pair started and finished better than you would typically expect!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Coca-Cola “Eight-Pack” of Athletes Includes David Boudia

The Coca-Cola Company announced in a press release, that eight athletes will serve as “Ambassadors of Active Living.” The “Eight-Pack” are a group of Olympic Champions, medalists and hopefuls that will be featured on advertising and marketing materials leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Why an 8-pack and not a 6-pack? From the press release:

Shifting from a Six-Pack to an Eight-Pack of Olympic athletes is another part of Coke’s continued efforts to offer consumers new ways to experience the brands and beverages they love. Recently the Company evolved its packaging lineup to include eight-packs of 90 calorie mini-cans and a new 1.25 liter contour bottle to better meet the needs of consumers in the same way its Olympic Eight-Pack will fuel America ‘s passion for the Olympic Games.

David Boudia is the obvious choice for an “Eight-Pack” marketing campaign…

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The Coca-Cola “Eight-Pack” of athletes includes:

  • David Boudia – silver medalist in men’s platform (10M diving) at 2008 FINA Diving World Cup and winner of 14 national diving titles; 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 10M Dive Champion; member of the 2008 Olympic Team
  • Henry Cejudo – 2008 Olympic gold medalist in 55kg freestyle division (wrestling); youngest American wrestler ever to win an Olympic gold medal at 21 years of age
  • Marlen Esparza – 2010 U.S. national champion in women’s boxing; gold medalist at the 2008 Pan American Games; longest winning streak at the U.S. nationals and undefeated in every U.S. event competed in the last five years; number one ranked female amateur flyweight boxer in U.S. for the last five consecutive years
  • John Isner – currently ranked 39 th in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) standings; winner of record-breaking singles tennis match at Wimbledon ; which lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes; widely recognized as having one of the hardest serves on the ATP Tour
  • Shawn Johnson – winner of one gold and three silver medals in women’s gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team; three-time gold medalist at the 2007 World Championships in All-Around, Floor, and Team; and four-time gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in All-Around, Balance Beam, Floor and Team; and 2008 Olympic Trials All-American champion
  • Jessica Long – seven-time Paralympic Gold medalist in women’s swimming; member of 2004 and 2008 U.S. Paralympic Teams; 2008 Paralympian of the Year; seven-time World Championship gold medalist and two-time silver medalist in 2010
  • Alex Morgan – drafted number one overall in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft; youngest member on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
  • David Oliver – Beijing 2008 Olympic medalist in men’s 110M hurdles; member of 2008 U.S. Olympic team; 2010 Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year; 2010 U.S. Outdoor Champion

Sunday, August 15, 2010

David Boudia Breaks American Record With 605.40 Points In 6 Dives

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Diving is a subjective sport, but with that said, David Boudia’s accomplishment this weekend is one for the record books. At the AT&T National Diving Championships on Saturday, Boudia shattered his own American Record of 551.20 with an astounding 605.40 points in a 6-dive format on the 10-meter platform. With this record, he also became the first American to break the 600 mark, averaging more than 100 points per dive (source).

Boudia showed that consistency pays: during the event, he never scored below a 9, and scored perfect (net score 30) on his last two dives. Judges flashed 19 perfect 10′s, 8 of which counted towards his score. Full judges marks from DiveMeets.com.

The combined DD of David’s list was 21.1, meaning that a perfect score (maximum possible) would have been 633 points. His score of 605.40 puts him at 95.6% of theoretical perfection. “I hit all six dives,” said Boudia. “I couldn

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boudia And McCrory Beat Themselves To Earn USA Diving World Cup Spots

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Yes, the headline is intentionally chaotic – but it accurately reflects the equally confusing but necessary diving event that took place to determine which synchro partnerships were best equipped to represent USA Diving on the World Cup circuit. Rather than forcing the best individuals together into partnerships, each duo was tested head-to-head against other mix-matched pairings. This is how David Boudia and Nick McCrory beat themselves to earn the top spot in men

Friday, March 12, 2010

Purdue Divers Wear Kinesio

“Hey Eric, did you watch the Big Ten Championships on TV? David Boudia got a huge black tattoo on his shoulder!” Thanks for the heads-up, but that’s not a tribal tattoo, it’s easily recognizable as Kinesio

Friday, December 18, 2009

David Boudia Takes Second In Non-Traditional Diving Meet

From a USA Diving press release: David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) finished second in the men

Thursday, October 22, 2009

College Swimming Coaches Association of America Announces Inaugural Winners Of Diving Award

The College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), along with the Kalos Kagathos Foundation, recently announced the inaugural recipients of the Ted Keller Diving Honor.

Criteria for the award can be found via the press release posted on CollegeSwimming.com and Swimming World Magazine:

“Criteria for the recipients include: Academic achievement, respect for coaches and athletes, exceptional achievement, sportsmanship and commitment to instruction, training and attendance. Bob Rydze of the University of Iowa chairs the selection committee.”

The first recipients of the award are David Boudia (Diver, Purdue University) and Matt Scoggin (Coach, University of Texas

Saturday, July 25, 2009

In Brief…

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> Michael Phelps Behind the Scenes SUBWAY Visit the17thman
> Suit choices of the top 3 competitors in the 10k Open Water Race! SCAQ Blog
> Review of Go Swim’s ‘Freestyle with Jason Lezak’ DVD Rob Aquatics
> David Boudia and Christina Loukas in Rome YouTube: USA Diving
> German diver smacks head on board in FINA World Championships Telegraph.co.uk
> Russia takes sixth synchronized swimming gold in Rome Universal Sports
> A Look Around The Roman Pools Swim Network
> Jo Jackson predicts fall of four-minute freestyle barrier Telegraph.co.uk

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thomas Daley Wins Men’s 10m And I Get Blown Away By Technology

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Obviously I’m not in Rome, but I did just watch Thomas Daley (age 15) take the Men’s 10m title at the 2009 FINA World Championships on Universal Sports webcast.

Can I just exclaim for a minute about how blown away I am with the coverage of the FINA World Championships this year! Boosh! (me being blown away). As soon as I closed the webcast I did a quick search and found AP Photos of the event already posted online. I also loved the camera work for the live coverage. My favorite is the camera that follows the divers in free fall and then dives underwater with them!

David Boudia ended up in 6th place, up one spot from prelims, with some solid dives good for a few 10′s. Strangely enough, Boudia Facebook friended me during the event–which is a little suspicious to say the least.

Coupled with an unconvincing Facebook chat, and generic stock photos, I’d say be wary of this imposter. If you’re looking for the real David Boudia, USA Diving confirms that DBoudia on Twitter is the real thing.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

David Boudia “Freshman Phenom” In Purdue Cover-Story

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I don’t know what took so long (the college season ended months ago), but Purdue University’s Purdue Alumnus Magazine did a cover-story feature on David Boudia for their July/August 2009 issue.

I’d pretty much call myself a David Boudia fan, but I still learned something new from the article:

Boudia says by the age of 10 he was looking to replace gymnastics with a sport that fulfilled his need for

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